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New York City has more stores than anyone could physically tackle, but somehow we always keep returning to the usual suspects. To break out of the rut, we've asked some of the city's shopping and fashion gurus to provide their hidden retail gems—those unique stores around our island (and beyond) that we might not all know about. Cue The Beatles: We're about to get a little help from our friends.
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Stephanie Pappas, the owner of Eva New York, doesn't have time to shop, but that doesn't mean she doesn't need new stockings to complement her wardrobe. These days, she's into adding some serious splashes of color to her wardrobe. And she's been going to the same guy for years. The Sock Man has every color, pattern, and floral design she could want, and he happens to be right around the corner from her Bowery store.
"As a store owner, I'm not a big shopper, but I do enjoy buying accessories. I'm really into colorful and patterned stockings to wear with my almost all black wardrobe. A oldie but goodie is The Sock Man on St. Marks, a place that still maintains its old school feeling. Many fashion designers are influenced by the timeless post modern/post punk movement of the East Village that stems from the 1970's. This box of wall-to-wall stockings and socks in many yummy fabrications, textures, and colors has been there for as long as I can remember, and it is one of the few places on St. Marks that still remains."—Yale Breslin
· The Sock Man [Official Site]
· Eva New York [Official Site]